We’re Grateful for Our Anniversary Sponsors

 

On This Happy Occasion

Dear Friends – New & Old,

We have seen God’s providence in action over the last 25 years. With the blessing of Archbishop Patrick Flores, and with your help, Pilgrim Center of Hope was born in 1993. Both the creation and daily continuation of this ministry were accomplished through individual prayers, volunteer hours, and donations provided by you.

Now is the time to celebrate! We want to thank you. Each month this year, we are offering Days/Evenings of Hope so that you can come visit this peaceful Center, make a pilgrimage fitting your unique schedule, and leave renewed in hope. Enjoy prayer & birthday treats with us June 13, St. Anthony de Padua’s Feast Day and 300th Anniversary of our city. His relic will be available for veneration in our chapel. Please make plans to come visit!

Also new this year will be our Anniversary Prayer Brunch; with familiar elements & new surprises! Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy and our friend, Paulist Father Bruce Nieli, will visit San Antonio to both invigorate us & share personal memories of Pilgrim Center of Hope. This event will be very special; we hope all our friends can attend. If you cannot join us, please consider giving us a Birthday Gift donation, or contact us in May to purchase Raffle Tickets.

Most importantly, let us renew our friendship & praise God together!

Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox
with the Pilgrim Center of Hope staff

Hope We’ve Spread Together These 25 Years

Resource for the Church

We’ve trained lay evangelists and provided thousands of spiritual tools including rosaries, prayer guides, pamphlets, New Testament Bibles, presenters & presentations for spiritual renewal. Parishes, prison ministries, groups of youth/mothers/men/seniors, retirement centers, retreats, and other ministries have benefited.

A Place for Hope

Our Center has served as a home for hundreds of meetings including Bible studies, prayer & faith formation groups/training, retreats for women/men/youth/parish staff, and thousands of individual visitors encountering Jesus in the peaceful Chapel and entrusting us with their prayer intentions.

School of Evangelization

When the Archdiocese of San Antonio has needed a formal evangelization training model, Pilgrim Center of Hope has conducted Schools of Evangelization, offering New Evangelization Courses & Door-to-Door Training from our Founders’ experience visiting over 100,000 homes as door-to-door evangelists.

Street Evangelization & Gang Outreach

In our earliest years, Pilgrim Center of Hope partnered with the City Council of Churches to conduct street outreach to gang members through prayer and simple invitations to faith. We’ve also partnered with parishes to conduct Rosary Walks, encouraging parishioners to pray for God’s grace upon their neighborhoods.

Airport Catholic Information Booth

Manny Marin stands behind a round booth at San Antonio International Airport

For several years, volunteers lent their smiling faces for millions of travelers at a Catholic Information Booth in the San Antonio International Airport. Visitors were pointed to churches in the area, and given free materials such as rosaries, prayer cards, and pamphlets.

Ministry of Pilgrimages

This ministry has renewed the faith of over 1,500 pilgrims from 31 states and 4 countries in small groups. Through journeys of faith internationally & locally, pilgrims encounter Christ and the Church through living witnesses. Their faith comes alive and God has poured out abundant graces: healings, awakened vocations, and more.

Relationship with Jerusalem Bishops

Since the 1990s, Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Ministry of Pilgrimages has maintained a constant relationship with the Latin Patriarchate (Diocese) of Jerusalem, which encompasses Roman Catholics of the Holy Land.

Media Outreach

Through Catholic TV and radio, Pilgrim Center of Hope’s weekly Catholicism Live! broadcast has brought Christ & his teachings to hundreds of thousands of individuals in approachable language for daily life. Still thousands more have been reached through a monthly newspaper column, weekly blogs, daily social media posts, video & more.

Catholic Women’s Conference

Since its inception in 2002, over ten thousand women & their families, from across the Southwest and beyond, have learned about their personal dignity as women, been encouraged in knowledge and love of God, and been inspired to use their feminine gifts for the transformation of family and society.

Catholic Men’s Conference

Since its founding in 2006, over five thousand men of all ages & their family members from across the Southwest and beyond, have gained a deeper understanding of their dignity as being created in the image and likeness of God, and were provided direction and resources to help transform themselves, their families, and society.

Catholic Seniors’ Conference

Responding to Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller’s call, we’ve served over 900 seniors, family members & caretakers since CSC’s inception in 2014; shedding light on the Church’s high regard for seniors, educating them about their dignity, encouraging them to know & love God, and inspiring them to continue sharing their wisdom & gifts.

Hope We’ve Spread Together These 25 Years

Resource for the Church

We’ve trained lay evangelists and provided thousands of spiritual tools including rosaries, prayer guides, pamphlets, New Testament Bibles, presenters & presentations for spiritual renewal. Parishes, prison ministries, groups of youth/mothers/men/seniors, retirement centers, retreats, and other ministries have benefited.

A Place for Hope

Our Center has served as a home for hundreds of meetings including Bible studies, prayer & faith formation groups/training, retreats for women/men/youth/parish staff, and thousands of individual visitors encountering Jesus in the peaceful Chapel and entrusting us with their prayer intentions.

School of Evangelization

When the Archdiocese of San Antonio has needed a formal evangelization training model, Pilgrim Center of Hope has conducted Schools of Evangelization, offering New Evangelization Courses & Door-to-Door Training from our Founders’ experience visiting over 100,000 homes as door-to-door evangelists.

Street Evangelization & Gang Outreach

In our earliest years, Pilgrim Center of Hope partnered with the City Council of Churches to conduct street outreach to gang members through prayer and simple invitations to faith. We’ve also partnered with parishes to conduct Rosary Walks, encouraging parishioners to pray for God’s grace upon their neighborhoods.

Airport Catholic Information Booth

For several years, volunteers lent their smiling faces for millions of travelers at a Catholic Information Booth in the San Antonio International Airport. Visitors were pointed to churches in the area, and given free materials such as rosaries, prayer cards, and pamphlets.

Ministry of Pilgrimages

This ministry has invigorated and renewed the faith of over 1,500 pilgrims from 31 states and 4 countries in small groups. Through journeys of faith internationally & locally, pilgrims encounter Christ and the Church through living witnesses. Their faith comes alive and God has poured out abundant graces: healings, awakened vocations, and more.

Relationship with Jerusalem Bishops

Since the 1990s, Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Ministry of Pilgrimages has maintained a constant relationship with the Latin Patriarchate (Diocese) of Jerusalem, which encompasses Roman Catholics of the Holy Land.

Media Outreach

Through Catholic TV and radio, Pilgrim Center of Hope’s weekly Catholicism Live! broadcast has brought Christ & his teachings to hundreds of thousands of individuals in approachable language for daily life. Still thousands more have been reached through a monthly newspaper column, weekly blogs, daily social media posts, video & more.

Catholic Women’s Conference

Since its inception in 2002, over ten thousand women & their families, from across the Southwest and beyond, have learned about their personal dignity as women, been encouraged in knowledge and love of God, and been inspired to use their feminine gifts for the transformation of family and society.

Catholic Men’s Conference

Since its founding in 2006, over five thousand men of all ages & their family members from across the Southwest and beyond, have gained a deeper understanding of their dignity as being created in the image and likeness of God, and were provided direction and resources to help transform themselves, their families, and society.

Catholic Seniors’ Conference

Responding to Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller’s call, we’ve served over 900 seniors, family members & caretakers since CSC’s inception in 2014; shedding light on the Church’s high regard for seniors, educating them about their dignity, encouraging them to know & love God, and inspiring them to continue sharing their wisdom & gifts.

Archbishop Joins In Celebration

Come Join An Upcoming Celebration

25th Anniversary Prayer Brunch

Today, we can be easily discouraged amid bleak headlines, divisive words, and life’s many challenges. How can we make a difference in a world that seems to have lost hope?

With joy and humor, Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy—Paulist Father Bruce Nieli—will visit San Antonio to celebrate Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 25 year anniversary, and re-awaken us to the hope God gives!

Join us as we make history, celebrating 25 years guiding people to Christ!

  • Hear unforgettable stories
  • Enjoy delicious brunch
  • Browse a one-of-a-kind Silent Auction
  • Meet some ‘surprise guests’
  • Show your support to continue this exciting & needed ministry
Mark Your Calendar: Saturday, September 22
Sponsors Needed
  • $5,000: Our gift of thanks to these donors will be a table (10 guests) at the Prayer Brunch and Olive Wood Crucifix with four relic/stones from Calvary, the Tomb of Christ, the Upper Room, and the Rock of Agony where our Lord spent His hour of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane; made by the Franciscans in the Holy Land. The donor will be recognized on the PCH website and event program.
  • $2,500: Our gift of thanks to these donors will be ten seats at the Prayer Brunch and an Olive Wood Crucifix with a relic/stone from Calvary; along with recognition in event program.
  • $1,000: Our gift of thanks to these donors will be two seats at the Prayer Brunch and an Olive Wood plaque with a relic/stone from the birthplace of Christ in Bethlehem; along with recognition in event program.
Event Sponsorship Progress

Our Birthday Wish List

Gift cards & certificates, jewelry, religious items, collectibles, and more — We need your help collecting items for Silent Auction, to benefit this ministry by September 2018.

Help us communicate the Gospel message! We have several specific needs; please visit our Wish List link for details.

Share Your Congratulations!

Please share below your anniversary well-wishes, prayers, and tell others how this ministry has impacted your life. We will read each one!

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